If you are looking for some easy weeknight meals, then this Doritos Loco taco casserole is perfect for you!
Now that I am transitioning from stay-at-home mom to working mother, I have found my dinner routine to be a bit more hectic than it used to be!
I still love cooking, and I don’t mind coming home and going directly to the kitchen to make dinner. But I have found the kids are famished about 15 minutes after I start cooking and they have been grumbling to have dinner ready quicker than I am used to.
So I have been on the lookout for meals that I can precook and then assemble when I get home. This means a dish that might take 30-60 minutes can be cut down to around 15 minutes!
For example, this Doritos Loco taco casserole normally takes about 45 minutes to make when starting from scratch.
But if I precook the meat then the whole thing only takes about 15 minutes to warm up in the oven! I utilize those 15 minutes preparing the other side dishes I serve with it, normally cut melon or fruit smoothies, though if I am really prepared then I can have either of these dishes prepared before I leave for work as well.
My favorite thing about this Doritos Loco taco casserole is how amazingly delicious it is, and way healthier than the Doritos Tacos from Taco Bell!
I make mine using ground turkey, but you could just as easily substitute ground beef, or even crumbled tofu.
No matter what you use as the protein, this meal will be a total hit with your family.
If you want to see how easy it is to make, just visit me on Instagram. As I was making this dish I recorded it for fun. Be sure to “like” me while you are there!
Doritos Locos Taco Casserole
1 pound ground meat. I used turkey
1/2 packet taco seasonings. I used Lawrys.
1 can refried beans
1/2 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt. I used sour cream.
1 can diced canned tomatoes, drained. I used Ro-tel.
1/2 cup milk. I used soy milk.
1 bag Doritos
2 cups shredded cheese
Shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, cilantro, diced avocados for toppings
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Start by browning your ground meat in a pan on medium heat. Once the meat is cooked through, add the 1/2 packet of taco spice and mix to combine. If you are using beef, you might need to drain the fat before you add the taco seasoning. This wasn’t an issue for me using the turkey.
In a medium sized bowl, mix together the cooked meat, refried beans, sour cream, diced canned tomatoes, and milk. The mixture will be very wet.
In a casserole dish, spread out the Dorito chips. I used my hands and crushed them gently so they were more evenly spread out. Then top with the meat mixture.
Next cover the meat with the shredded cheese and bake for about 30 minutes. When the cheese is melted and bubbly, it is ready.
Serve with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, cilantro, and avocados.
If you enjoyed this Doritos Loco taco casserole, you might enjoy these easy weeknight meals as well: